The Gateless Gate

The great path has no gates,
Thousands of roads enter it.
When one passes through this gateless gate,
He walks freely between heaven and earth.

Took a night walk last week and found this little guy on the Mottville nature trail. #spider #web #nightime #adventures #naturetrail #mottville (at Charlie Major Nature Trail)

lelemodern said: Lazyyogi, I've transitioned to a more spiritual rather than religious lifestyle in the past few months. But now I find myself missing prayer and less connected to God. I like the practice of yoga and meditation, but how can I incorporate the two? What are your opinions on the subject?

lazyyogi:

"Love itself is the actual form of God." ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

You are not less connected to God. You are less connected to your previous concept regarding God.

The Individual, the Prayer, the God. They seem as three but they are not separate from one another. 

Who you take yourself to be limits the way you perceive and conceive of God. This then dictates the approach and form prayer takes. 

However, altering any one of these things will alter the other two. Change your perspective on who you are and you will change your perspective on what God is. Change the way you approach prayer and you will change the way you perceive yourself and therefore God. Change the way you approach God and it will change the way you know yourself. 

This is the meaning of spirituality and the practices of devotion (love), meditation (clarity), and karma (mind-body activity/perception). 

Know that whatever form your religious lifestyle took before now, you do not have to reject it. Spirituality is not about saying no to one religious set of beliefs and yes to another. The spiritual way is a sincere endeavor to unlimit daily life in divinity and divinity in daily life. 

Part of the spiritual path is its changefulness. We must not be too attached to whatever forms our path takes along the way. Not only will such attachments impede any actual clarity or compassion but it will also isolate you from other avenues of inspiration. 

Jesus changed my life. So did Buddha and Rumi and Osho and Nisargadatta and many others.

So what would I suggest? Pray! Often. Be creative, sincere, loving, and grateful. That is the way prayer becomes its own answer. 

Daily meditation, sitting in easy stillness with whatever the mind may be doing, will be another helpful practice. It hones the mind’s insight, gives sanity to our emotions, and enacts innumerable other benefits. 

Yoga, meditation, prayer, god, none of them are mutually exclusive. People will always agree or disagree. Some will teach one perspective while others teach another. Don’t believe anyone. Listen to them. Learn from them. Put their teachings to the test. Take what works and follow your insightful inspiration. Yet another useful way daily meditation helps to keep our mind clear of confusion. 

The perception of spiritual/religious contradiction comes from perceptual limits. When you feel as if certain aspects of your spiritual life are in conflict, examine them closely until you find your delusional boundary and level it. 

I shall leave you with a favorite quote of mine by Terence McKenna: “You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.”

Namaste sis :) Much love. 

The beach was a nice reprieve after fixing a roof all day. #ontario #lake #beach #sand #camp #vacation #vsco #vscocam  (at Ontario Camp)
The beach at my camp on Ontario lake. This past weekend was nice, despite the work. #ontario #camp #lake #vacation #waves #beach #water #vsco #vscocam  (at Ontario Camp)
This little one was chilling in the arm chair. #cat #kitty #sunlight #vscocam #vsco  (at 6507 Beech Road)
Drinks with Amelia Pond! #swabys #vscocam #bar #alcohol #drinks #saturdaynight #drwho #sonicscrewdriver #ameliapond (at Swabys)

“Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.”

—   Lao Tzu (via wr-taoism)

“In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.”

—   Lao Tzu (via wr-taoism)

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

—   Lao Tzu (via wr-taoism)

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

—   Lao Tzu (via brandonrouge)

(via taoismproject)

tirebouchon:

CH’I

tirebouchon:

CH’I

(via taoismproject)

Ch’i (also spelled Chi or Qi) is a fundamental concept in Chinese philosophy and culture. Found in Chinese traditional religion but especially Taoism, Ch’i literally means “air” or “breath,” but as a concept it refers to the energy flow or life force that is said to pervade all things.

The nature of ch’i has always been a matter of debate in Chinese thinking. Some believe ch’i is a separate force from the physical world, while others think ch’i comes from physical matter. Still others, especially Chinese Buddhists and Taoists, hold that matter arises from ch’i.

—   religion facts- Chinese beliefs (via taoismproject)

“Look, it cannot be seen— it is beyond form
Listen, it cannot be heard— it is beyond sound
Grasp, it cannot be held— it is intangible…
Stand before it and there is no beginning
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the anceint Tao,
Move with the present,
Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.”

—   

Reality and Being

Tao te Ching proclaims the Tao is beyond form and sound

(via taoismproject)
taoismproject:

The Tao is the way of Nature that moves by perfect, effortless efficiency to fulfill its purposed.

taoismproject:

The Tao is the way of Nature that moves by perfect, effortless efficiency to fulfill its purposed.